Susan Hopkins is a 53-year-old member of the
LGBTQIA community, living in Westbrook, Maine. Susan grew up with her family on
the small island of Vinalhaven in Penobscot Bay, hearing tales of her
anti-racist bisexual aunt. A self-identified feminist in her adolescence, Susan
recognized that she was not straight early on, but did not feel safe to come
out in her small community. Going to the University of Maine, Orono, Susan
experienced her first lesbian relationship and taste of chosen family.
Eventually, Susan found herself at the Howard University School of Law, where
she interned at Whitman Walter Clinic in D.C, and immersed herself in ‘queer’ culture.
Many years later, Susan was connected with June Harris, a woman she dedicated
much of this interview to, and they became close confidants. During their
friendship, June introduced Susan to the hidden history of lesbian life in
Maine during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Susan is passionate about Maine’s
hidden sub-cultures, chosen family, intergenerational friendships, and the
right to self-identify.